Doug's Darkworld

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Doug’s Darkworld Illustrated

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I have decided to make a change around here. Being the writer, editor, and publisher of Doug’s Darkworld…changing editorial policy is easy. The pay is nonexistent as well, but everything comes with a price. Yes, henceforth this blog will be devoted entirely to American Idol. OK, that was a joke. What’s American Idol? Beats the hell out of me, a TV show of some sort where people do something and it gets talked about a lot. Moving right along, I have decided to move away from Bush bashing and take a more non aligned approach to analyzing the world. There’s plenty of other Bush bashing sites, maybe they could be combined with the liberal bashing sites and mutually cancel each other out.

And anyhow, if we can examine what is going on in the world from a neutral perspective, maybe we can learn something, nu? So in that spirit, and to celebrate the new direction of Doug’s Darkworld, I made up the map. (Plus, I really like making maps.) It’s kind of in a preliminary stage, at some point when it’s more polished I will post a full size copy. It will eventually be the coolest map ever published, but I digress.

This is a map of the world as it is today, more precisely, the world and its power structure. It should be fairly simple to read, but there is a key below it:


Red: Russia and its ally, Belarus.

Yellow: China and its allies.

Green: The Free World. Interestingly enough it coincides almost exactly with the old European colonial empire.

Turquoise: These are unaligned or being economically and politically contested by the other powers. Some of these are in the green camp, especially in Africa, I just haven’t gotten around to looking them all up yet.

Pink: These are countries that are defying the international order of things and are acting independently. They vary greatly among themselves; some, like Cuba, are dictatorships, others are elected republics. (Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Syria, Iran, and Burma.)

Black: These are countries where control in being actively contested. Or more accurately, where there’s a war going on. There’s likely a couple more in Africa, as I said this will be updated. (West Bank, Gaza, Iraq, Iran, and Somalia.)

Lots of fun , eh? I used dark green to show the power centres of the Free World bloc. While of course the green countries are all sovereign nations; they are very integrated economically and politically. And covered for the most part with British and especially American military bases. They haven’t fought a major war among each other since world war two, and it doesn’t seem likely they will anytime soon.

Even at this scale it’s easy to see why the Middle east is such a flash point, lots of stuff going on and the three powers intersect there. This is most definitely a beta version of the map and all feedback is appreciated. There some obvious mistakes, North Korea should be pink and India should be dark green for example. At some point I’m going to get more information, like world oil supplies into the graphic. Nuclear arsenals will be included as well, and maybe some information on conventional armies. I basically want to make a graphic that shows the world at a glance, I find it helps me to think about stuff when I see information displayed in a coherent and related fashion. Or…if we’re going to look at the world as a big game of Chess…here is how the board is set up.

It’s our move too.

(The above image is Copyright © Doug Stych 2007 All Rights Reserved.)


Written by unitedcats

May 8, 2007 at 8:54 am

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  1. Doug – this is very interesting (and fun)! I feel you may have seen this, but just in case you haven’t – have a look.


    May 8, 2007 at 10:27 am

  2. I’m not very visual, so it will take me a little while to catch the full significance of the map. I’ll be interested to see how it evolves.

    As for your more neutral stance, I’m all for that. Of course, neutral doesn’t mean you can’t criticize the President! Even the Republicans now understand that an objective evaluation finds him wanting.


    May 8, 2007 at 3:46 pm

  3. I agree with Stephen. Your posts are always very fair and balanced. I criticise Bush and all the politicians of both parties as well as religious scholars of mainly three main religions of the world. This is the way I see them and say what is right according to my point of view.

    Quran Bible

    May 8, 2007 at 5:14 pm

  4. I advocate changing the game rules, so that we are not all competing but finding ways to cooperate. This is not to make the world all one color, but to allow colors to blend into one another more smoothly.


    May 8, 2007 at 5:16 pm

  5. Hi Doug,

    Remember the game “Risk?” Looking foward to the little plastic pieces!



    May 9, 2007 at 6:07 am

  6. Read Samuel Huntington’s “The Clash Of Civilizations.” It was best known for its very controversial statement “Islam Has Bloody Borders”. After 9/11 that statement was not as controversial. Pretty sure he has a cultural map or maps in the book also.


    May 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm

  7. 115058 99133Id forever want to be update on new posts on this site , bookmarked ! . 525005


    July 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

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